Dos and Don’ts: Monochromatic Color Schemes

This week, I am sharing my personal tips for wearing monochromatic colors. As a refresher, my first tip was to start with a color you are comfortable with, such as gray. I have two more tips to go!

Tip #2: Choose shades that are obviously different.

While the point is to wear one color, you are allowed to play with the shades to add interest. I’ve found that if I wear two shades that are too close to the same color, I just look like I tried to match…unsuccessfully! By choosing shades that are obviously different, I am telling the world that I meant to wear two shades of the same color together. It boosts my confidence, and every outfit looks better when you wear it confidently. Here’s an example where I used two very different shades of pink:

I chose a fuschia pink button-up shirt and a light, dusty pink corduroy jacket. I had on Coach tennis shoes (that’s southern for sneakers) that day, but I would actually love to see this outfit with something more fun, like leopard print flats.

What do you think about pairing very different shades of the same color?

This entry was published on November 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm. It’s filed under Smart and Savvy...Style and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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